Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Inland Empire, CA
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I'll tell you the picture idea is the best. Dh worked from home for dd first year of life mostly. We recently moved to CA and now he's going into the office. Around 5pm she'll start crying for daddy and want to walk to his office to pick him up. She found some pics of him and her together and now she'll get them and say daddy, baby and do bath sign b/c one has her in her towel after a bath. It's so cute.
Maybe you could also have him make some pictures for mommy and daddy. Yeah, I know he's 2, but this is another thing we do too. She'll scribble like 10 in 5 mins and then we leave 'em out for dad. She'll then tell him what they are. Maybe not a long activity, but letting him know they are for mom and dad could help.
It's hard to explain at this age I know. I think even if he is still hurt and crying the cuddles do help him. It might not seem that way, but keep doing it, IMO. As long as he will let you.